Friday 3rd April – Easter / Spring activity stamping
Start by dipping the end of the wine cork into yellow paint and stamping it on a white piece of paper.
Once the yellow paint dries, draw two little legs and feet on the chicks with the black marker.
Fold a piece of orange paper in half and cut out little triangles to make beaks. If you don’t have orange paper, just draw or paint on your own beaks.
Now time for the wings! You will need to use the edges of the wine cork and kind of make little lines coming out from the sides.
First, make sure your hands are clean and remember to use a different finger for each colour you use!
Next, carefully press your finger or thumb onto the ink pad or paint – if you’re using paint, try not to get too much on your finger.
Then press the finger or thumb onto the paper.
Now comes the fun part! Using simple lines and curves add:
Ears & eyes
A nose and whiskers
Paws and tail
And for some chicks:
Eyes and beaks
Wings and legs
They make super cute nametags or place cards, too!!
First cut and make your potato stamps. You can have fun making all kinds of different designs! We did a plain one with just diagonal stripes and two with chevron designs. Adults should make the potato stamps and then kids can paint and stamp them!
Adults Only: Carefully using a knife carve out your design. You may find it helpful to draw the design first and then follow your design marks when carving.
2. When pressing down for your stamp, make sure you press firmly on the whole potato. If you pull it off and some parts of the Easter egg are missing, you can simply press it again. You can also touch up with a little paint after too.
3. Add some gold glitter glue on top. This part is optional but we like the way they turned out with the glitter glue!
You could cut these eggs out to put in a basket, or make a card, or just stamp some paper, or cut out a few to put on a wreath. For a wreath you will need to cut out a circle of card to stick the eggs to. This could be a paper plate or an old cereal box etc.
Thursday, 2nd April 2020
Today we will be learning about capacity using litres (L) and millilitres (ml).
1. Watch the two videos below.
2. Activity 1 - For this activity you will need a measuring jug and various cups, bowls and containers. It is best to do this activity at the kitchen sink, you may need a stool or chair. Measure the capacity of each container. Smaller containers are easier, you can fill them and then pour the water into the measuring jug to measure. If a container is larger than your measuring jug, you will need to fill the container using the measuring jug, carefully noting how much water you are putting into the container. TAKE CARE - It is important to measure accurately, try not to spill any of the water!
Activity 2 - Oh Harry! Maths investigation, see the link below.
We love to see your photographs, so please email or Tweet them!
Don't forget to log in to Mathletics, write a page in your diary and to read daily.
Wednesday 1st April - Find out how plastic pollution can impact on animals
Put an elastic band across the back of you hand, looped onto your thumb and little finger (as shown in picture).
Without using your other hand (or teeth!), try and remove the elastic band- give a time limit of 20 seconds.
Repeat the investigation but this time, put the hand into a ‘beak’ shape – see picture.
Using the hand as a beak (not separating fingers at all but opening and closing straight fingers and thumb like a beak), now try and remove the elastic band. Was it easier or more difficult?
What kinds of litter/ plastic could act like the elastic band and pose a threat to wildlife?
How might other plastic items pose a threat to wildlife?
Consider the 4 main plastic polluters – what are they and what risk might these cause to wildlife?
Can you find any evidence that these items do have an effect on wildlife?
Extension if you would like to challenge yourselves.
Mindfulness Activity - The Raisin Meditation
Set aside five to ten minutes when you can do this quietly with your parent or carer. You will need a raisin or small piece of chocolate. Switch off any phones or computers. You'll need a piece of paper and pen to record your reactions afterwards. Your task will be to eat the raisin or chocolate in a mindful way.
1. Holding. Hold the raisin (or chocolate) in your hand and focus on it. Can you feel the weight of it in your hand? Is it casting a shadow?
2. Seeing. Imagine you have never seen the raisin before. Look at it with great care and attention. Think of words to describe what it looks like.
3. Touching. Turn the raisin over between your fingers exploring its texture. How does it feel?
4. Smelling. Hold it beneath your nose. Does it have a scent? Let it fill your awareness. If there is no scent, or very little, notice this as well.
5. Placing. Slowly place the raisin in your mouth. Notice how this feels. Without chewing explore how it feels as you move it around your mouth.
6. Chewing. When you're ready, consciously take a bite into the raisin and notice the effects on the object, and in your mouth. Notice any tastes that it releases. Feel the texture as you bite. Do not swallow.
7. Swallowing. See if you can detect the first intention to swallow as it arises in your mind. Notice all aspects of the swallowing process.
8. After-effects. Finally spend a few moments registering the aftermath of eating the raisin. Is there an aftertaste? Do you want another one?
Now take a moment to write down anything that you noticed when you were doing this activity.
Monday 30th March.
Bore da a croeso i wythnos newydd. We hope you have enjoyed the sunshine this weekend and been inventive in how you've used your time whilst staying close to home.
Today's activities - have a go at one or both of these:
1. Write a haiku poem about either
a) the ocean and the fight against plastic pollution or
b) a real or mythical sea creature
Remember a haiku is a Japanese poem which has only 3 lines. The first has 5 syllables as does the 3rd line, and the middle line has 7 syllables. Every word must count. You might want to leave out simple words like 'the' and 'because'. Look at the powerpoint below to remind you what they look and sound like. Can you illustrate your poem and display it somewhere at home? Could you record yourself performing it out loud? Pictures please!
2. Look at the picture below. This is the mysterious island of Atlantis. Do you remember talking about it at school? The story goes that it was totally submerged under water but still exists somewhere under the ocean to this day! How does it make you feel? What is happening? What might happen next? Or what has already happened? Imagine you are one of the sea creatures in the picture. Can you write a short paragraph trying to be as descriptive as possible. Remember to include exciting adjectives and powerful verbs. If you have a green pen you could edit it and make it even better.
Friday, 27th March
Today we'll be looking at weight.
1. Firstly, you need to watch a short video clip about weight.
2. Then there's an online weighing game you can play.
3. Following that, there's a choice of activity, or you can do both!
Activity 1 - Find 10 different items in you kitchen store cupboard (e.g. tins, boxed or bagged foods), they will need to have their weight on them in g or Kg. Now order them in a line from lightest to heaviest. Don't forget you can send us your photographs!
Activity 2 - Now we know some of you have been baking already! For this task we would like you to follow a recipe, weighing out the ingredients. Talk about the weight of each ingredient and which ingredient you used the most and least of. We would also love to see some photographs of your creations. It's the Year 4 Bake Off!! Please Tweet any photographs or email them to us and we can Tweet them for you.
Don't forget you can also go on Mathletics, read a book, continue with your Learning Log and/or do your diary entry. Have a lovely day and enjoy the sunshine.
It is good to stay in contact with friends. So why not ask your parents to arrange a time for you to FaceTime, Skype or WhatsApp video call them. It's a great way to socialise. Perhaps put a video call into your daily timetable, rather like a school break time!
Thursday 26th March
1. Sea Creature Life Cycle
Have a look at the examples of a Turtle's Life Cycle in the documents below. Use these to get an idea of how to create a life cycle of a sea creature of your choice. It could be used in your Learning Log or it could go straight in your exercise books. Some of the examples are more simple than others - make sure you choose the level of work that will put you in the 'deep learning' part of the Learning Pit. If you want to challenge yourself further you can create a labelled diagram of the different parts of your creature. Try to use technical language like the example shows.
2. Mathletics - try to aim for 1000 points a day. We are updating activities regularly so make sure you check back every day. You may have already completed some of the tasks, but there is no harm in trying them again!
3. PLEASE send us photos of your work. We really LOVE seeing what you've all been up to and hearing that you are keeping well
Wednesday 25th March.
1. A diary. Start to write a diary of what you are doing daily to keep yourself busy. How are you keeping fit in the sunshine? Are you helping with the cooking? Have you taken up any hobbies or tried something new for the first time? This can be done in a notebook or in your exercise book, perhaps starting from the back so it can be continued. We would love to hear what you have been up to. So please share your thoughts and ideas via email or twitter. Have a look at the link below for some ideas.
2. Reading comprehension. Read the passage and try and answer the questions in your book. Remember to write in full sentences. Have a go at the challenge too. You can use the internet or non-fiction books. Ask the grownups too - they might just know or be able to help!
3. Remember to keep up with Mathletics and try to add one more item to your learning log.
4. Read. Just read. Or listen to someone else reading. David Walliams is releasing a free audio story every day for the next 30 days. Listening to someone else read aloud is one of life's true pleasures.
Tuesday, 24th March
1. Watch the 'Telling the Time' video.
2. Practise telling the time using the 'Teaching Clock'.
3. You have a choice of activity:
a. Timetable worksheets - Remember you need to be in your learning zone, so pick the sheet you think suits you. There's a choice of 3.
b. Try this challenging Clocks Investigation. Can you work out the answers?
You don't need a printer, remember you can use your exercise book. Use a ruler to draw the table for 3a, if you choose that task.
Remember to do some Mathletics, reading and some of your Learning Log if possible.
Don't forget you can email us a screenshot or photograph of your work.
Monday, 23rd March
1. Record today's results for the 'Time Experiment'.
2. Complete some of your Blue Planet learning log.